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cheney and koe cokie roberts as well. >>> defense secretary leon panetta visits afghanistan. the paper reports a possible halt of $800 million in assistance of equipment. this could have a dramatic effect on u.s. troops in afghanistan. this report out of the "new york times" says the aid could resume if pakistan takes tougher action against the taliban as well as al qaeda. meanwhile, defense secretary leon panetta is in afghanistan as i was mentioning. panetta is meeting with american military leaders as well as afghan officials. atia abawi is in kabul, afghanistan. he's making strong remarks when it comes to al qaeda and how he wants to continue stamping them out. >> reporter: good morning, thomas. that's absolutely right. on his flight from d.c. to kabul he did speak to reporter on the plane that he was on about al qaeda and said that the strategic defeat of al qaeda was within reach, pointing to the death of osama bin laden, pointing to the information that we were able to retrieve from his compound, including the names of key leaders that they'd like to go after. and he says that t
of honor from president obama. he's the second living recipient from the wars in iraq and afghanistan. he lost his happened when he threw a grenade away from two fellow soldiers during a daylight raid in 2008. brian williams has an exclusive interview with petry tonight on nbc nightly news. here's a preview for you. >> what would you like civilians -- civilians in this country who don't serve in the military a lot of them have it pretty good. what would you like them to know about their modern military? >> i had something that i come up with. i haven't heard it before. >> we'll give you credit anyway. >> i look at all the military and all the fallen heroes that gave the ultimate sacrifice and i just want the public to know that hey, take your time, honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, but embrace the living ones that are still serving today. they really need your support and it's amazing what they can do with that. >> be sure to tune in right here to msnbc at 2:15 eastern for special coverage of the medal of honor ceremony. about two hours for you. >>> a new effort in washing
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